Friday, August 5, 2011

Collect for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

For a long while I was posting comparisons of the Collects from the current and forthcoming Missal. It was a rather time consuming task week to week, and I couldn't keep it up, sadly. In any case, I think the point was clearly made: we getting a vast improvement in our essential liturgical materials starting this Advent. In all the weeks I posted the comparisons, I saw virtually no disputes about that essential point, here or anywhere. Is the forthcoming translation perfect? No, and there are times when I stumble over the syntax, which is sometimes peculiar. But the point is that it is much closer to an actual translation, and the style of the language is unmistakable sacral in character. These are gigantic changes that will profoundly affect the sense of the faith that we gain from what is happening in the sanctuary - changes that are much more profound than anything taking place within the people's parts of the Mass that everyone is focusing on.

Fortunately, Fr. Z has kept it up, and this week he posts a very thoughtful and learned commentary on the Collect for the 19th Sunday.

Almighty and ever-living God,
you Spirit made us your children,
confident to call you Father.
Increase your Spirit within us
and bring us to our promised inheritance

Almighty ever-living God,
whom, taught by the Holy Spirit,
we dare to call our Father,
bring, we pray, to perfection in our hearts
the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters,
that we may merit to enter into the inheritance
which you have promised
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